Today's News

  • ROANEnet expanding goals beyond access

    ROANEnet is expanding it goals beyond increasing internet access to include digital literacy training for seniors.

    The non-profit that is advocating for increased broadband access in the county plans to offer training in online skills to senior residents starting in September.

    Verizon recently donated four computers to ROANEnet that will be used to conduct the training.

    More systems will be purchased when the organization receives additional funding from the Roane County Commission.

  • Seniors bowling big


    August 30

    First High Game - Barbara Pickering, Harold Zeilman 394

    Second High Game - Barbara Pickering, Harold Zeilman 418

    Third High Game - Connie Milhollon, Ken Altes 442

    High Scores Friday - Rick Alderfer 200, game

    High Series for Friday - Connie Milhollon, Ken Altes 1230

    High Series for August - Barbara Pickering, Rick O’Shell 1330

    High Averages - Connie Milhollon 164, Rick Matthews 183

  • Hanging up the whistle after 60 years

    from the TSSAA

    for The Roane County News

    The first game was a three-man crew with a whopping $15 paycheck.

    Along the way, there were a trio of state championship contests, countless playoff matchups and games from Memphis to Hendersonville and myriad outposts in between.

    On the football field, W.K. ‘Wink’ Willoughby saw it all across an officiating career that has spanned a dozen U.S. presidencies and is winding up this season after 60 memorable years.

  • Roane Alliance adds new team members

    The Roane Alliance has announced the hiring of two new team members.

    Tori May has been hired as the Chamber Manager. Kaley Hill has joined the Alliance as the Communications and Marketing Manager.

    Both are Roane County natives and graduates of Roane County High School.

    May, a recent graduate of Leadership Roane County, has been a member of the Chamber Ambassadors for three years and served for two years as the chair.

  • Vannasdale honored

    On Aug. 6, Harriman Utility Board’s General Manager, Candace Vannasdale, was honored as “Professional Woman of the Year” for 2019, in recognition of her “Positive Impact and Excellence in the Water and Wastewater Industry.”

    The award was presented before a group of nearly 800 attendees at the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts Annual Business Conference in Gatlinburg.

  • Steve Sugarman promoted to vice president of operations for SummitET

    Summit Exercises and Training (SummitET) has announced the promotion of former Kingston resident Steve Sugarman to Vice President of Operations.  In his new role, Steve will be responsible for SummitET’s internal departments including Human Resources, Business Development, Accounting, and Marketing. Steve also holds the position of SummitET’s Corporate Health Physicist where he provides radiological subject-matter expertise to meet corporate and client needs.

  • Wright is new manager at Y-12 Federal Credit Union

    Misty Wright has been named manager for the Roane County branch of Y-12 Federal Credit Union.

    Wright has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services field and 13 years of management experience. She served as the Accountant for the Roane County Relay for Life for several years and is a graduate of Leadership Roane County.  Most recently Wright served as the branch manager for the Y-12 FCU Farragut location.

  • Participating Roane County Schools selling coupon books

    Participating Roane County Schools will be selling 2019 coupon books in the coming weeks.

    Students will be selling these coupon books through Sept. 17.

    The coupon books will be sold for $10 each.

    They contain 140 discount offers ranging from local businesses, coupons from surrounding counties and even a Smoky Mountain Fun Section.

    The purchase of these coupon books helps support local businesses and provides support to Roane County Schools.

  • RSCC opens food pantry

    A food pantry for Roane State students has been established in renovated space within the gymnasium’s entrance foyer at the community college’s main campus in Roane County.

    A $1,000 gift from the Kroger Co. Foundation will help stock the pantry, which is operated in partnership with Mid-East Community Action Agency.

  • Roane Academy staffer assaults child

    A juvenile resident at Roane Academy was allegedly assaulted by a staff member last month.

    The staff member was identified as 25-year-old Desmond Cortez Moore. He was charged with assault and child abuse in the incident.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jarrod Whitston responded to Roane Medical Center on Aug. 26 around 2:30 p.m. to investigate a report of possible child abuse.